PESHAWAR, 29 October: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has formally launched a three years Insaf Food Security Programme (IFSP) under which seed worth Rs1 billion would be given to the farmers free of cost in first year.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony at Tarnab Farm in Peshawar on Wednesday, Provincial Agriculture Minister Ikramullah Gandapur said that IFSP would benefit not only the farmers but also enhance wheat production up to 186,000 tons in the province. He said that the scheme would earn Rs5 billion revenue for the province.

According to a handout on Wednesday, a total of 1,068,000 farmers would benefit from the scheme. Farmers possessing land from one to three acres would be given 50 kilograms authenticated seed of wheat free of cost.

A farmer said no government had earlier taken such a step for farmers. “I am very thankful to the provincial government for launching free seed scheme for farmers. It will benefit the farmers’ community to a great extent,” he said.

Another farmer said he will get seed within three days after filling the form for this purpose.

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